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FEMA: Federal Help for Florida’s Recovery from Hurricane Irma (Article)

In the days after Hurricane Irma’s landfall, multiple federal agencies came to Florida to assist residents, assess damage and help rebuild a stronger, more resilient Sunshine State. Working under the National Disaster Recovery Framework, teams of experts from FEMA and other federal agencies formed the Interagency Recovery Coordination (IRC) group.

Recovering from a disaster requires communities to organize, plan a path forward, and gather the resources to execute the plan. But, at times of stress, with cleanup operations underway, urgent needs to address and people living in makeshift housing, some communities and local governments struggle to draw a blueprint. The IRC pulled in staff from a variety of disciplines and assigned them to work with communities as they resolved hurricane-related issues.

Coordinated Place Based Recovery Support

The IRC, together with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Department of Economic Opportunity, reviewed all Florida counties to determine the severity of impact from Hurricane Irma. Based on the survey, teams of disaster recovery professionals were assembled and dispatched to Collier, Hendry, Lee, and Monroe counties. The Coordinated Place Based Recovery Support teams worked with local leaders to prioritize issues and develop cost-effective strategies.

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